A day made in heaven for the animal lover who wants a hands-on experience in the day and life of Tenikwa. This specialised All Day program will keep you on the go all day with various activities involving the resident animals at Tenikwa.

A special part of the day is to spend time with our animal keeping staff in the Rehabilitation Centre as part of the day’s activities.

The program content is flexible, but for adults it includes a Cheetah Walk, Photographic Tour, Various Enrichment Programs, an amazing Cheetah Grooming session, Rehabilitation Work and much much more.

This is a full day program and includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments.


There are two starting times to choose from, either at 07h30 or 08h30.


The Crazee Cat Day is a full day program.

If you book for the 07h30 time slot, you will probably be finished around 17h00.

If you book for the 08h30 time slot, you will probably be finished around 18h00.


R2300 per person
There is a height requirement of 1.2 metres to join this program


Children Policy

This program is not suitable for young children.  There is a height requirement of 1.2 metres to join this program.

Should you be a family interested in booking The Crazee Cat Day program, please contact us so that we can discuss how we can accommodate younger children.

Dress Code

During the Crazee Cat Day, you will be participating in a varied selection of programs. Please dress comfortably with protection from the sun as you will be outdoors for the bulk of the day. Certain of the activities, like the Cheetah Walk takes place over some ground which can be uneven and slippery. All guests are required to wear long trousers which cover their ankles for this program. Long dresses or stockings are not an acceptable substitute for long trousers. Guests will be required to change into suitable attire before proceeding with the walk.  Closed, sturdy walking shoes (tackies, sneakers, hiking boots are all suitable) are required to be worn on the Cheetah Walk and comfortable shoes are essential for the balance of the day.

You will be allocated a lockable cabinet for the day where valuables, bags, backpacks and camera bags can be stored for easy access during the day.

Only subscription sunglasses are allowed on the Cheetah Walk and during the grooming session.

Please consider bringing a hat or cap along for sun protection because the sun can be quite hot during summer. A light windbreaker is also good to include, especially for the Sunset Cheetah Walk as it can get quite chilly once the sun goes down.

Group Size

This is an exclusive program. There is no maximum or minimum size group for this program, but it will only be your group doing the various activities for the day.

Fitness Policy

The Crazee Cat Day is quite a busy day but is not a strenuous activity. There is time to relax between sessions. Some of the activities, like the Cheetah Walk does require reasonable degree of fitness  to keep up with the cheetahs.  If you have medical issues or feel you may not be able to keep up with the pace of the day, please let us know beforehand so that we can do our utmost to accommodate you.

No walking sticks are allowed on the cheetah walk..

Difficulty - Moderate 50%

Weather Policy

The Crazee Cat Day is an all weather program and even during poor weather, there is still plenty of activities to ensure that you enjoy the day. Rain jackets are provided in inclement weather.

Tenikwa reserves the right to cancel the cheetah walk section of the program in extreme weather conditions. In such cases, the cheetah walk section of the program will be substituted with an alternative session.

No Touch Policy

Animal Contact Policy

During the Crazy Cat Day our animals are free to express natural behavior, and its a privilege to be so close but not to interfere with their activities.

This program allows a behind the scenes look at all the resident animals of Tenikwa alongside our animal keeping team.

There is a no touching policy enforced on this program.

Our animal contact policy follows a strict code of ethics which is compiled to ensure that the human-animal interaction is in keeping with the natural behavior of the animal

Photography Policy

Guests are welcome to take photographs and video of their day at Tenikwa. Flash must be disabled at all times.  Photographs in the rehabilitation hospital whilst you are working alongside the animal keeping staff are not allowed.

The Crazee Cat Day

Full Day Program
R2300 Per person

Includes Breakfast and Lunch

Please advise special dietary requirements when booking

  • “Inspiring place”

    This a place where care, deep knowledge of conservation stand out: an unusually genuine place where you can be fully engaged with an ethically-centred experience of African cats and other animals.


    “Crazee Cat Day – Totally worth it!”

    We did the crazee cat day and it all started off with a super delicious breakfast. After breakfast, we went on a short tour to get to know the different areas of the centre and the different animals – they have cute penguins and other animals as well! We even went on a lovely short penguin walk with Carol and another guide. After the walking around, we met up with Joel (a really funny guide) who showed us all the different cats they have at the centre, highlight was playing with the servals (with a self made toy with feathers on a stick). They have at the moment 2 lion cubs, they are absolutely adorable and i could have spent the whole day just watching them. But of course meeting up with the cheetahs was another highlight and definately a “will never forget moment”. We got served lunch, dessert and cake for tea time, everything was very delicious. Its a great place to spend some hours or the whole day, the whole staff there really cares for the animals and are really close to them. We had an amazing day with Joel and his passion for the cats and working for a brighter future for them is exemplary.

  • “Incredible experience and best guides ever!!”

    Went to the place this morning as it was on our way along the garden route. We are all from the UK and over to SA for a wedding/holiday.
    The reserve is amazing. All the animals are treated to the highest standard and the staff do so much to rescue and care for felines aiming to put them back into the wild if and when appropriate. They are very well kept in very big areas and fed as much as they need. They are clearly comfortable with people which is astonishing to see.
    Our guide was Senzo: an amazing gentleman who explained everything in plain English adapting his vast knowledge to the audience. He answered every single question with precision and professionalism. One can tell Senzo simply knows everything about his big cats, and not only that, he loves his job.
    I definitely recommend this experience. The reserve is well signalled along the route and the shortest walk is only an hour.

  • “Special Day”

    This place is really special, not only does it rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned animals but also works with communities to educate them. We didn’t do the cheetah walk but still got up close to the big cats. A wonderful time and definitely worth a visit, you will learn so much.


    “Highly educational and informative!!!”

    Although we were doing the usual trip around the premises and although it was fantastically explained and choreographed by the Tourguide Wilfred, I do recommend a Full Day Package or the Cheetah Walk. It is truly fantastic to know a place such as this exists and is run and orchestrated by such passionate and good hearted bunch of people. And if you are wondering ‘why high rates’ remember what you pay for… they need every penny to do the good job they are doing at Tenikwa!

  • “Incredible”

    So much more than I expected. Very informative and excellent guide. We’ll worth a visit even if you intend to visit game reserves during your stay in South Africa

  • “Should be on everyone’s Bucket List”

    We opted to do the Crazy Cat Day (full day) and we were absolutely delighted with the experience. We started the day off taking Duma, – one of the cheetahs – for his morning walk. This was followed by a freshly prepared hot breakfast. Thereafter, we were able to interact with a large range of animals, including: six week old lion cubs; servals; caracals; penguins; an egret; a water mongoose; a honey badger; a leopard; tortoises; marabous; a springbok; blue cranes as well as a few domestic dogs and cats!

    At lunchtime, we were served bobotie (a traditional South African dish), which was delicious.
    I would recommend the full day experience because you learn a lot more about the animals and also get to feed some (I fed a springbok, an egret and a penguin). Our main guides were Msizi and Wendy – they were a credit to the Centre with their extensive knowledge of the various animals and their passion for their work was evident, which was true of all the guides we interacted with during the day.



    I’ve never taken the time to review anything before, but this place is so great I had to. We did the whole “crazy cat day” and, for two inveterate travelers who have been many places and done many things, this was a peak experience for both of us. We also felt wonderful about the work Mandy and her group are doing, which isn’t always the case with wildlife encounters. can’t recommend this highly enough.

  • “Lovely Day”

    I was in doubt which tour I should take. Finally, I chose the Crazee Cat, which is a tour for the whole day. I am so glad that I did that. It was an once in a life time experience to learn about these beautiful creatures and to have a look in the hospital. The guides know a lot and they answered all my question. I can assure you that I had a lot. I would like to thank everyone at Tenikwa for this beautiful day and a special thanks to Mthobisi and Wendy who took care of me the whole day!


    “The most awesome day ever!!”

    This has to be one of the most amazing places to visit EVER! The Crazee Cat day is a once in lifetime opportunity to discover exactly what goes on in a conservation centre combined with the excitement of talking the Cheetahs out for a walk and having the chance to actually sit and groom them. Both Len and Mandy (the owners) always do what is right by the animals – whether it’s rehab’ing them so the animals can go back into the wild or caring for them when it would be dangerous to put them back…………Both Len & Mandy combined with all the guides and carers, especially Peter, Uncle Jacob, Tawanda, ‘Gogo Wendy’ and Cheryl the vet make this one of the best experiences you’ll ever have!! Five stars doesn’t even come close to how great this place is! X

  • “Amazing place! Definitely worth a visit”

    On family holiday down the garden route our guide suggested we visit here to see the big cats up close and personal. It was a brilliant suggestion the staff that showed us round were very well informed and capable of answering any questions. they also clearly enjoyed there job and the work they do with the animal.
    I thoroughly suggest you visit here you wont regret it!

  • “Unique Non-Tourism Awareness Centre”

    A unique refuge and rehabilitation sanctuary, we were very impressed with Tenikwa, as fellow South-Africans in the Tourism industry we appreciate this great conservation project. The tour exceeded our expectations, the animals are well-kept in spacious enclosures that represent their natural habitat. Loved the different species of cats & close-up encounters with lion cubs and cheetahs. The tour guide was knowledgeable and made sure we understood that the animals were still wild animals, we did not feel intrusive at all, as these cats only experienced enclosed living, not another Zoo which was so great! Will definitely recommend to all our guests. Worth every penny!
    Would have loved to be shown the rehabilitation facility!

  • Close Encounter”

    Tenikwa Wildlife Reserve is a charming centre to experience African Big Cats. They also have a rehabilitation centre on site where they rehabilitate injured animals found in the Garden Route. The work the staff does is extraordinary as the amount of care given to these animals is phenominal. Our guide Peter was brilliant in that he was very knowledgeable about the animals and the conservation work going on at Tenikwa. I will definitely recommend this place as my experience getting up close to a cheetah was a once in a lifetime experience and something i will treasure for the rest of my life.

  • “Cats up close”

    We had had the pleasure of doing a few safaris before coming here, but the enclosures did not dampen the experience. The staff were proud as they should be of the education and assistance they’re providing to visitors and the animals. Other cats and wildlife we did not expect to see were also there for eg. African wild cats (which look like a domestic cat). Staff were very attentive to our group. When it started to rain within minutes we were provided with ponchos. Being able to photograph baby lions up close was a real treat also. This centre is very worth a visit.

  • “Amazing Experience”

    I booked the full day “Crazy Cat” experience and can’t recommend it highly enough! It was such an incredible day. The staff are so dedicated to the welfare of the animals in their care. On the full day experience you get to go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with the animals. I really enjoyed my day at the centre and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this place to those interested in knowing more about wild animals.

  • “Great experience!!”

    Great experience to visit this place, truly an awareness centre – not a zoo!
    Animals are treated very well, some wounded animals have found a home here and are well taken care of. You can truly feel the respect the staff has for all the animals here!